Damien a hero to all - Hawaii Editorials
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#1 Oct 11, 2009
#2 Oct 11, 2009
It is cool.
He wrote, "Consequently every one, with the exception of a few bigoted heretics, look on me as father"
Not only a sense of purpose in service, the man had a sense of humor too.
"It's not the Catholic Hall of Fame," Hawaii Catholic Bishop Larry Silva told the Star-Bulletin's Mary Adamski.
"What I hope most of all with these celebrations is that we catch more of Damien's spirit, his love of God and his dedication to those who are in need."
#3 Oct 11, 2009
Elbert Hubbard, American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher, wrote "A miracle is an event described by those to whom it was told by people who did not see it."
Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution, wrote “All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe”.
Thomas Jefferson, principle author of the Declaration of Independence of the United States, edited a version of the Bible in which he removed sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists. Jefferson wrote, "The establishment of the innocent and genuine character of this benevolent moralist, and the rescuing it from the imputation of imposture, which has resulted from artificial systems,[footnote: e.g. The immaculate conception of Jesus, his deification, the creation of the world by him, his miraculous powers, his resurrection and visible ascension, his corporeal presence in the Eucharist, the Trinity; original sin, atonement, regeneration, election, orders of Hierarchy, etc.—T.J.] invented by ultra-Christian sects, unauthorized by a single word ever uttered by him, is a most desirable object, and one to which Priestley has successfully devoted his labors and learning."
Robert Ingersoll wrote, "Not 20 people were convinced by the reported miracles of Christ, and yet people of the nineteenth century were coolly asked to be convinced on hearsay by miracles which those who are supposed to have seen them refused to credit."
John Adams, second President of the United States, wrote, "The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?"
American Revolutionary War patriot and hero Ethan Allen wrote "In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue."
#4 Oct 11, 2009
As a non-Catholic, I agree with this editorial. Father Damien's service to this shunned portion of 19th century society is commendable. He is a giant in the realms of missionaries. Kudos to the Catholic church for naming him a Saint.
#6 Oct 11, 2009
Second childhood kefe?
“Kokokahi -We are all one blood”
Since: Mar 08
#8 Oct 11, 2009
St. Damien spent his adult life serving leprosy patients, most of whom were native Hawaiians. The cover of the OHA newspaper for October has a beautiful painting of Damien with Moloka'i in the background, with the headline "Father Damien: Patron Saint of Native Hawaiians."
But if Saint Damien were alive today, he would not be allowed to sign up for Kau Inoa, because Damien lacks a drop of the magic blood. Damien would be excluded from the Akaka tribe as ruthlessly as haoles are excluded from Kamehameha School and for exactly the same reason. Please see this one-minute video about Saint Damien's exclusion from the Akaka tribe:
Senator Akaka was seated in the front row inside St. Peter's in Rome for the canonization mass, while hundreds of Hawaii pilgrims were forced to sit outside in the rain. And Akaka is exactly the worst person in the world to be at that ceremony, because of the profound disrespect for Damien in the whole concept of the Akaka bill. What penance should Akaka perform? Withdraw the Akaka bill.
#10 Oct 11, 2009
profoundly true..but then Akakaka is a shibai as we all know.
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